Our chapter is involved in various community projects that support the objectives of the DAR.
April–Honoring Vietnam veterans in special ceremony
At Ft. Wootton in Trinidad, Colorado, Vietnam veterans were recognized with the help of Ray Odum, Ls Animas County Veteran Service Officer, the local American Legion Post, and Santa Fe Trail Chapter, NSDAR, who worked together to present these veterans with their pins and Certificates of Appreciation!
Due to passage of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, March 29 of each year until 2025 will be known as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. More such celebrations are to be held in the future for veterans of other wars as well. Commissioners, Trinidad’s mayor, and representatives of lawmakers gave speeches during the hour-long ceremony.
September 18–Rededication of the Santa Fe Trail Monument, Kit Carson Park, Trinidad, Colorado
The rededication ceremony of the NSDAR monument by the Santa Fe Trail Chapter, NSDAR, was cheered on by those in attendance. Chapter Regent Rose Holman shared DAR’s history of the Santa Fe Trail Monument, and special guest speaker Colorado State Regent Colleen Joyce told of the history of the marker and placement in Kit Carson Park in 1909. A new plaque was installed telling of the DAR’s rededication and celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Guests included
Mayor Phil Rico and wife Bea, DAR members from New Mexico and Colorado, and members of the community who gathered on a beautiful sunny day to celebrate this historic rededication.
Celebrating Constitution Week with 4th graders
The chapter’s yearly “gifting of Constitution bags for 4th graders” at Fisher’s Peak Elementary School in Trinidad provided
supplies enough to have each red, white, and blue stars-and-stripes bag full of 10 patriotic items each. The items included mini-work books, a Liberty Bell, and American Flag, a bendable figure of Lincoln or Washington, the Constitution, and separate teacher aids on the Constitution. A work party after our September chapter meeting had members sorting, wrapping, filling, and finally delivering the fact-filled bags of knowledge and fun to the school.
The 2019 Good Citizen Awards Ceremony and brunch was held February 9 in the Sullivan Center of Trinidad State Junior College. Visiting State Regent Jeannine Dobbins presented the program, “What Is A Good Citizen?”